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Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior (Shambhala Classics) [Kindle Edition]

Chogyam Trungpa , Carolyn Rose Gimian
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Book Description

There is a basic human wisdom that can help
solve the world’s problems. It doesn’t belong to any one culture or region or
religious tradition—though it can be found in many of them throughout history.
It’s what Chögyam Trungpa called the sacred path of the warrior. The sacred
warrior conquers the world not through violence or aggression, but through
gentleness, courage, and self-knowledge. The warrior discovers the basic
goodness of human life and radiates that goodness out into the world for the peace
and sanity of others. That’s what the Shambhala teachings are all about, and
this is the book that has been presenting them to a wide and appreciative
audience for more than twenty years.

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Meditation Master's Warrior's Way 25 Aug. 2009
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This is a great book by a Tibetan Buddhist meditation master, teacher, and artist and author of Meditation in Action and Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism, rather than meditation or buddhism the insights in this book are derived from warrior traditions and aim to transcend a single creed or culture.

As stated on the blurb on the back of the book itself "The warrior discovers the basic goodness of human life and radiates that goodness out into the world for the peace and sanity of others.". This will not particularly satisfy anyone who has become aggrieved with trends in publishing which promise that anyone and everyone either can be or already are warriors but I would hope that they would not be deterred from reading this book.

Infact I would hope that it reaches as wide an audience as possible, it is very clearly and congenially written, the style is very engaging and easy, without any great repetition between chapters or anything else likely to put off any other than a dedicated reader.

The has a great, clear contents page, list of illustrations, afterword, list of resources comprising contact addresses, websites, e-mails, fax and phone numbers and finally a two page piece about the author. There is no index which is a shame but its omission does not spoil the book.

The book is divided into three parts, part one "How to Be a Warrior" deals with creating an enlightened society, discovering basic goodness, the genuine heart of sadness, fear and fearlessness, synchronising mind and body, renunciation, daring, celebration and letting go.
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65 of 67 people found the following review helpful
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Enlightening ! Full of Wisdom ! Buy It ! Make a Difference ... for your self ... and for society ! This book was first given to me by a Tibetan Master, Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche, in 1985 when I asked him about Shambala (the enlightened society). Jamgon Kongtrul was a living example of compassion and wisdom. Even though he did not know me as I was just one among one a crowd, he immediately gave me this enlightening book. Since then, I have been buying it and giving it to many people. It is his legacy. (Trunpa and Jamgon comes from the same Tibetan Buddhist lineage.) This book is not about following a religious dogma or path. It is about how to live a dignified and meaningful human existence. The sacred warrior is not only brave and honorable but gentle and kind at the same time. The sacred warrior do not live in a world of deceit and superficiality. She or he is a geniune human being who is always considerate to others and her/his environment. Trungpa says that the bravest warrior is the one who can open her/his heart to others and wears no masks nor armor to hide her/his weakness. We all have the inherent potential to be sacred warriors. And by doing so, we will help contribute to make the world a better place to live in. Trunpa says that instead of trying very hard to change other people, our society, our families, and situations, we should first change ourselves and our negative attitudes first. It is only when we change our innermost selves and our myopic views of life that we can make a difference and geniunely help transform our society to a better place to live in. When we choose to be sacred warriors, that will be our lifelong existentialist quest. Be prepared for a new way of living human existence.
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
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This book gives a introductory into a topic that can not be comprehended by books alone. It shows you how to take joy in whatever the situation, as well as the vastness of our minds. Although this book doesn't actually show you how to discover and invoke magic, it does start you on the path to discovering it yourself. I am finding it easier to go to bed, to wake up, and to leave stress at the place I recieved it. Colors have more of a burning sensation in my mind rather than just a natural ability that I haven't given a thought to since birth. It incorporates the real world into the world of Shambhala. Another great thing is through the meditation techniquies given in the text, I can sleep for six hours and feel like ten. I definatly recommend this book for the beginning Shambhala warrior, the person who feels they are drowning in their own world, or the average person who wants an enlightening experience.
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"The Shambhala teachings are founded on the premise that there is basic human wisdom that can help to solve the world's problems. This wisdom does not belong to any one culture or religion, nor does it come only from the West or the East. Rather, it is a tradition of human warriorship that has existed in many cultures at many times throughout history". - Chogyam Trungpa
The book looks at the principles of warriorship, and this is non-aggressive, no swords and daggers here.
I read this book and it was like having spent my whole life walking from place to place. Then one day being given a bicycle to travel around. And one night, whilst asleep, dreaming of the awesome speed I was now able to travel at, someone sneaks into my garage and fits a turbo charged, jet powered, rocket engine.
I would recommend this book to anyone, and have been doing, if you are reading this now then your search is complete, there is no need to go any further. Put it in your shopping basket and get ready for the rollercoaster ride of your life.
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